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Reuters newsroom is majority white and male

April 6, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

The Reuters news operation is majority white and male, according to the “Diversity at Reuters” report made public Tuesday, but the company said it’s committed to improving diversity in the newsroom and in leadership roles.

The global news operation is 56 percent male — in the United States, the news operation is 58 percent male, and its 63 percent male in the United Kingdom.

The global Reuters news operation is 72 percent white and 10 percent Asian. In the United States, the news operation is 80 percent white and 9 percent Asian.

“Diversity and inclusion remain a strategic priority even during tough times,” said editor for newsroom diversity Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams in the report. “This is not an initiative but an ongoing journey.”

Reuters said in the report that it has taken several initiatives to improve diversity and inclusion in its news operation. Those include:

  • Employee networks for Black journalists, women journalists and LGBTQ journalists;
  • An editorial mentoring program designed to develop emerging leaders;
  • Editorial training programs for early career journalists; and
  • Editorial talent councils.

The company also disclosed that 55 percent of newsroom leaders are male, although that percentage is 45 percent in the United States.

And 91 percent of global newsroom leadership identifies as heterosexual. In the United States, that percentage is 85 percent.

Reuters also disclosed that 9 percent of its newsroom identifies as having a disability, compared to 27.2 percent for the general public.

The full report can be read here.

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